How to watch must-see movies from Sundance 2023, including ‘Infinity Pool,’ ‘Rye Lane’

Feeling left out amid all the Sundance Film Festival buzz? You’ll soon be able to watch some of this year’s must-see films. 

While many of the festival’s biggest hits went directly to streaming in 2022, a majority of the first films to get firm release dates are heading to theaters as the industry aims to rebuild the moviegoing experience. Others are expected to debut on streaming sites later this year.

These are the Sundance films already scheduled for release within the next year. (This report will be updated as more movies are purchased by distributors and release dates are announced.) 

Ranked: All the best movies we saw at Sundance Film Festival (including ‘Theater Camp’)

‘Infinity Pool’

A masked Alexander Skarsgård and Mia Goth get up to trouble on an island getaway in the sci-fi horror film "Infinity Pool."

If you can’t get enough of the “rich people’s fancy vacation takes a turn for the worse” genre right now, Brandon Cronenberg’s gory, NC-17 sci-fi horror film is your next fix. Alexander Skarsgård plays a novelist staying at an all-inclusive island resort who meets a fan (Mia Goth) and faces extreme consequences for a hit-and-run incident. 

Where to watch: In theaters now

‘The Amazing Maurice’ (Feb. 3)

The animated “Maurice” promises a fun take on fairytales and fables, centering on sassy cat Maurice (Hugh Laurie), a group of rats, pied-piper friend Keith (Himesh Patel) and mayor’s daughter Malicia (Emilia Clarke) as a moneymaking scheme turns into an investigation of an underlying evil. 

Where to watch: In theaters

‘Rye Lane’ (March 31)

David Jonsson and Vivian Oparah star as 20-something Londoners spending a memorable day together in the comedy "Rye Lane."

Rom-com lovers won’t be able to get enough of Dom (David Jonsson) and Yas (Vivian Oparah), whose awkward meet-cute stumbles into an all-day excursion through a visually stunning London landscape that makes some loving homages to the romance genre while turning it into something totally unique. 

Where to watch: Hulu

‘Judy Blume Forever’ (April 21)

The documentary "Judy Blume Forever" chronicles the life and work of the pioneering children's author.

Lena Dunham, Molly Ringwald and Samantha Bee are among stars and authors who celebrate Judy Blume in this documentary, which explores the best-selling young adult author’s rise to fame, her brushes with controversy and drive to talk about life issues she felt children deserved to learn about. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

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‘Polite Society’ (April 28)

Priya Kansara stars as an aspiring martial artist out to save her sister from an arranged marriage in the action comedy "Polite Society."

A Pakistani London teen (Priya Kansara) aspires to be a famous stuntwoman, but her first call to action is a mission to kidnap her sister (Ritu Arya) from her sudden arranged marriage in this energetic action comedy, written and directed by Nida Manzoor.

Where to watch: In theaters

‘Little Richard: I Am Everything’ (April)

The documentary "Little Richard: I Am Everything" chronicles the musician's influence as an early rock star and gay icon.

A celebration of the rock legend’s career goes hand in hand with how the music industry whitewashed “Little” Richard Penniman’s considerable influence in this honest and essential documentary. Through archival footage and interviews, the film chronicles the flamboyant performer’s early days as a drag act and his superstardom amid a complex life struggling with his queerness and his religion.

Where to watch: In theaters, and on CNN and streaming at a later date

‘Kokomo City’ (summer)

This documentary, shot in black and white, tells the stories of four Black transgender sex workers living in New York and Georgia. It’s the directorial debut of Grammy-nominated producer, singer and songwriter D. Smith. 

Where to watch: In theaters

‘Flora and Son’ (2023)

Director John Carney (“Once,” “Sing Street”) orchestrates the story of young Irish mother Flora (Eve Hewson), who’s struggling to co-parent her teenager while taking solace in online guitar lessons with her instructor Jeff (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) that spark a renewed excitement for music and for human connection. 

Where to watch: Apple TV+

‘Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie’ (2023)

Michael J. Fox details his struggles with his Parkinson's diagnosis in "Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie."

Beloved “Back to the Future” star Michael J. Fox, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, gets candid about his private struggles with alcohol abuse and depression. 

Where to watch: Apple TV+

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‘Stephen Curry: Underrated’ (2023)

This coming-of-age documentary chronicles the career of Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry, and his rise to become one of the greatest NBA players of all time. “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler is among the film’s producers. 

Where to watch: Apple TV+

‘Landscape With Invisible Hand’ (2023)

Teenage artist Adam (Asante Blackk of “This is Us”) is faced with an unusual task: Amid Earth’s alien takeover, he must livestream moments of his relationship with new girlfriend Chloe (Kylie Rogers) for the amusement of alien viewers in order to make ends meet for their respective families (including Tiffany Haddish, William Jackson Harper, Josh Hamilton and Michael Gandolfini). 

Where to watch: In theaters

‘Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields’ (2023)

Brooke Shields, seen here in "Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields," describes being sexualized at a young age in the documentary.

Model and actress Brooke Shields’ career, including her harrowing and traumatic experiences of being sexualized as a child model, is retold in this two-part documentary directed by Lana Wilson, whose previous work includes Taylor Swift’s 2020 Netflix documentary “Miss Americana.”

Where to watch: Hulu

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‘Run Rabbit Run’ (2023)

Sarah Snook (“Succession”) stars as a divorced Australian mother forced to confront dark secrets and repressed trauma from her family’s past. Her 7-year-old daughter (Lily LaTorre) takes in a stray bunny as a pet for her birthday, which incites a series of bizarre turns and revealed truths as the girl begins to exhibit increasingly dangerous bad behavior.

Where to watch: Netflix

‘birth/rebirth’ (2023)

Frankenstein gets a contemporary reimagining in this horror flick, which follows a nurse (Judy Reyes) discovering that her daughter has become an reanimation experiment for a pathologist (Marin Ireland) after the child died from a sudden bacterial infection. 

Where to watch: Shudder

‘Fair Play’ (2023)

Alden Ehrenreich and Phoebe Dynevor play Wall Street co-workers and lovers whose relationship gets rocky when one gets a promotion in the thriller "Fair Play."

Phoebe Dynevor (“Bridgerton”) is heading back to Netflix in this psychosexual thriller (co-starring Alden Ehrenreich) about two Wall Street analysts who hide their office relationship. The film explores gender dynamics, ambition and ego in and outside of the workplace.

Where to watch: Netflix

Contributing: Brian Truitt

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